Small Town America: don’t ignore local TV

British drama is currently the toast of Los Angeles and New York, with shows like The Missing from the BBC and Starz and ITV’s Grantchester launching recently to great critical acclaim, following on from the success of Broadchurch. The major cable channels backing of original UK drama is big news – whether it’s in the […]

British drama features on expanded Masterpiece

PBS will launch several new scripted series from the UK in its winter/spring schedules. The US public service channel, which has enjoyed great success with UK drama Downton Abbey as well as the likes of Call the Midwife, is coproducing some of the drama for its expanded Masterpiece strand and has acquired several other titles. […]

Telefonica visits Gracepoint

Spain’s Telefonica has acquired Broadchurch remake Gracepoint from Shine International, which has also done a deal for new crime drama Grantchester. Both shows make their international debuts at MIPCOM today. Telefonica has been confirmed as a buyer of American series Gracepoint, while SVT in Sweden has taken Grantchester. Gracepoint tells the story of a small […]

Sweden’s SVT goes on UK drama buying spree

SVT has acquired a raft of UK drama titles. The Swedish public broadcaster has acquired Happy Valley from BBC Worldwide and new period drama Grantchester (pictured) from Shine International among other titles. Happy Valley, which is produced by Studio Canal-owned UK producer Red Production Company, follows a female police officer whose daughter has been murdered. […]